ePetition details

Save the Lancashire Countryside service from closure

We, the undersigned, petition the county council to to save from closure Beacon Fell and the other sites such as Wycoller and Spring Wood looked after by the Lancashire County Council Countryside Service

* Sites such as Beacon Fell, Wycoller and Spring Wood are heavily used throughout the year by walkers, schools, families providing recreation and education;
* Schools and youth groups use these sites to teach students skills such as map reading, the beauties and importance of wildlife and bio-diversity;
* These sites help provide opportunities for people to exercise in the fresh air thus making a positive impact on the health of the residents of Lancashire;
* The Countryside Service operates all terrain battery powered Trampers helping disabled people and their families access the countryside. Losing the service could mean we lose this marvellous well used facility;
* If we lose the Countryside Service, beautiful sites such as Wycoller, Beacon Fell and Spring Wood may not be looked after and may deteriorate spoiling their potential for recreation, health and education.
If we lose the Countryside Service we lose so much; please sign our petition to save the marvellous facilities of sites such as Spring Wood, Beacon Fell and Wycoller so we can all enjoy and gain benefit from them .

Thank you!

This ePetition ran from 11/04/2016 to 23/05/2016 and has now finished.

4115 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

Thank you for your combined e-petition and paper petition - Save the Lancashire Countryside service from closure.

Lancashire County Council continues to face an unprecedented financial challenge. Over the next five years to 2020/21, the County Council needs to make savings of £262m, on top of those agreed within previous budget processes.

This extremely difficult financial picture is the result of continued reductions in funding by central government, rising costs and rising demand for key services. Based on current spending and forecast demand for services, the County Council will not have sufficient financial resources to meet its statutory obligations by April 2018, even if we no longer continue to deliver any of the non-statutory services.

The provision and maintenance of countryside sites is not a statutory requirement. It is therefore proposed that Lancashire County Council ceases to provide this service in April 2018. Where public rights of way exist across LCC countryside sites, these will of course continue to be maintained in relation to the County Council's duties.

We are looking for new ways to manage the countryside estate and are working with partners, other organisations and local people, to explore a range of options, to ensure that the key sites will continue to be available and well looked after for visitors